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Exploring the research culture in the Health Information Management profession in Australia

Kemp, T, Finlayson, L, Chan, J, Lackey, G, Richards, D, Rupnik, C, White, H, Butler-Henderson, K ORCID: 0000-0002-6082-2108 and Low, S ORCID: 0000-0001-5900-9438 2019 , 'Exploring the research culture in the Health Information Management profession in Australia' , Health Information and Libraries Journal , pp. 1-10 , doi: 10.1111/hir.12281.

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Background: Research is an important activity that informs knowledgeand practice. The research culture within the Australian HealthInformation Management (HIM) profession has not been previouslyreported.Objective: This study explored the perceptions of HIM practitioners aboutresearch in their role to establish if there is a research culture in theAustralian HIM profession.Method: An online survey was distributed to the HIM community using asnowball recruitment strategy.Results: Of the 149 respondents, more than half (54%) identified theypossessed research skills from prior education, whilst 40% consideredthey had a strong knowledgebase in conducting research. However, onlya quarter of respondents indicated they undertake research in their role.Barriers to undertaking research included recognition, organisationalsupport, and time.Discussion: The findings from this study reflected other studies withinclinical workforces. The lack of recognition and support to incorporateresearch into practitioner roles has implications for the profession and itsbody of knowledge.Conclusion: Advocating for research to be incorporated into practitionerroles is required to inform knowledge and practice. Increasedprofessional development opportunities may create a stronger researchculture within the HIM profession in Australia and strengthen the positionof the profession within health.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kemp, T and Finlayson, L and Chan, J and Lackey, G and Richards, D and Rupnik, C and White, H and Butler-Henderson, K and Low, S
Keywords: health information management, research culture
Journal or Publication Title: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1471-1842
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/hir.12281
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